Going into the start of practice, two of the pressing challenges in front of the Paradise Lady Panthers were finding a libero, and grooming another setter to replace last year’s standouts Makala Neighbors and Makenna Burt.
In the first week, Paradise coach Susie Burt feels she’s found answers at both spots.
Junior Madi Horne has moved into the libero spot that Neighbors held.
“Madi has stepped into the spot. She has good instincts. I believe she can get to anything,” Burt said.
Horne, a setter last year, is looking forward to the new challenge.
“It’s a big responsibility,” Horne said. “It’s a lot of pressure. You have to step up and get to a lot of balls.”
Amber French has moved into the second setter spot alongside returning starter Emily Corbin.
“Amber has worked hard all offseason,” Burt said.
French is appreciative of the opportunity to take over the role Burt held last year.
“Filling Makenna’s spot is big,” she said. “I have some hitters to help. We have girls that can adjust and help.”
The Lady Panthers will hold a scrimmage at home Saturday before their season opener at home Tuesday against Chico.
Paradise veterans Jett Preather and Corbin were encouraged by this week’s work.
“We’re working good as a team,” Preather said.